Wildlife officials in Colorado are proposing a predator control plan to help restore the states mule deer population.

According to the Denver Post, the statewide population is 110,000 short of the 560,000 deer that wildlife managers deem optimal for the state. The predator control push, known as the Piceance Basin predator management plan is proposed to start this winter and would focus on a specific cut of land near Salida. They propose to take up to 15 more lions and 25 more bears a year, according to CPW documents.

But still, The Humane Society of the United States is rallying up their troops to oppose Colorado’s predator control. Of course, they come out pointing the finger at hunters for the decline in deer numbers, but The National Wildlife Federation, has emphasized habitat loss and fragmentation as a cause of the decline of Colorado deer.

So, before the hunters get blamed for the decreasing deer numbers, take a look at all the habitat being destroyed for new home development or oil and natural gas drilling. Those two factors have been detrimental to the Colorado deer population and their habitat that they thrive on.

 

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6 thoughts on “Colorado May Euthanize Bears and Mountain Lions to Save Deer Population

  1. Hogwash! All of it…. The mule deer has been in decline for a long time, even before the predator explosion of the new millennia, Fracking and the like….. Then whitetail has been supplanting the mule deer in the mountain west as the mule deer declines.

    Colo has a unique opportunity to set precedence and begin an enhanced hunting opportunity and put money in the DNR coffers… Instead of just euthanizing the animals put a lottery on discounted tags and promote hunting in the state, both locally and interstate. It might take a little longer to adjust the animal numbers but at least the animals wouldn’t go to waste.

  2. Let hunters take care of the bear and lion excess-they pay for the privilege. And yes, as long as Colorado continues to “Californicate” (put ever inch possible under development), wildlife has little chance.

  3. The best and proper route to take is to let hunters take care of it. What the hell are thinking? Well I guess they arnt thinking.

  4. If only someone withing the DOW would have the courage to tell the media and the public that this is the result of setting game regulations by public referendum. Animal rights bleeding hearts took it upon them selves to restrict bear hunting by placing it on the ballot several years ago and the gullible masses passed the measure. Now Colorado has a tremendous problem with an over abundance of bears, many of which are encroaching into residential areas. Someone at DOW must have thought, why not diffuse the issue by throwing lions into the pot earmarked for mass extermination by “professionals” as well. It’s PC BS to take this approach rather than allowing those who hunt for sport and support the well-being of all wildlife (and the DOW) with the fees paid for hunting and fishing licenses. It makes me sick to see how sick and weak my home state of Colorado has become.

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